How to Design the Green Bathroom of Your Dreams
If it’s time to give your bathroom a fresh new look, why not use the opportunity to make some environmentally-friendly updates as well? Not only will you be able to reduce your home’s impact on the environment, you’ll also save money in the long-term by investing in water-efficient systems and appliances.
Not sure where to start? Read on for our list of five tips that will get you started on designing the ideal eco-conscious bathroom for you and your household.
1. Low-Flow Fixtures
The first thing to consider is water consumption. Unless you water your lawn on a daily basis, the vast majority of your home’s water usage comes from your bathroom.
It is easy to find faucets, toilets, and shower heads that are specially designed to use minimal amounts of water. Over time, these fixtures will create a significant reduction in your home’s overall water usage.
2. Natural Lighting
The bathroom is often where family members will spend large amounts of time in front of the mirror. Whether grooming themselves or applying makeup, these activities will require an adequate amount of light to themselves clearly in the mirror.
To minimize energy consumption, consider installing skylights or sun tunnels in order to help offset the need for artificial light in the bathroom.
3. Tankless Water Heater
Some homeowners may be surprised to learn there is an alternative to the traditional tank-style water heater. This variety of water heater will heat huge amounts of water and store it until it’s used.
A tankless water heater, on the other hand, heats only what is needed and supplies hot water on-demand. This not only reduces your overall water consumption but can help to reduce energy usage as well.
4. Use Natural Materials
When choosing materials for flooring and countertop surfaces, consider opting for natural and renewable options like bamboo, reclaimed wood, hemp, and concrete.
The more natural materials that are used in your bathroom remodel, the lower the environmental impact that will result from your project.
5. Set Up a Greywater System
Greywater is gently used water that is collected from your home’s sinks, tubs, showers, and washing machines. When collected and stored properly, greywater can be a very environmentally friendly way to water your home’s lawn.
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